Looking for a free app on Android that can download and play podcasts?
For years, Apple has had a myriad of podcast players, but there haven't been many good options on Android. But now, in 2019, there are a number of Android podcast player apps that we recommend:
On iOS, Overcast has a "smart speed" feature, that automatically cuts out silences and gaps in the conversation for podcast episodes.
If you're looking for a similar feature on Android, Pocket Casts is your best bet.
On Reddit, audiophileguy asks:
I've used Stitcher but it absolutely sucks. The Android Auto UI is beyond terrible and to make it worse, the app locks you out of navigating it on your phone, rendering it useless. I've been using Google Podcast but I am growing more and more frustrated. I can't pick series to download, the name of the episode doesn't show up half the time, and the persistent notification icon won't swipe away. Does anyone have a good podcast app that works well with Android Auto?
The best podcast apps that work with Android Auto are:
To start your own podcast, you basically need three things:
Apps like Spotify, Pocket Casts, and Stitcher are Android podcast players that also feature a podcast directory. But they're not hosting platforms. When you click "download" or "subscribe" in these apps, the request gets sent to whichever host your favorite podcast is using (like Transistor.fm!). The podcast player will then download the MP3 file from that server.
If you've ever clicked "download" for a podcast, and it didn't work, it's likely that podcast isn't hosted with a reliable provider!
To get hosting for your podcast, sign up for Transistor. We feature: